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NOHRSC Snow Depth Report for Jan. 16, 2017

(1/16/2017)

ArcticInsider snow depth 1-16-17

There's great snow over much of North America. For more detailed analysis of your area, hit the NOHRSC website.

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Hunter's Story (In the Words of His Mom and Dad)

(1/13/2017)

Team Arctic's Hunter Houle.

At the Wednesday funeral service for his son Hunter, Steve Houle shared with a packed church his family's thoughts and story about Hunter's life.

Click to read parents’ words about their son.

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See You Later, Hunter

(1/10/2017)

Hunter Houle

Click to read about the Hunter Houle that I see.

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A Day at Skime Ranch

(1/7/2017)

A Day at (Roger) Skime Ranch. Photo by ArcticInsider.com

This past week I was part of a group that spent a day at Skime Ranch, the nearly 4,000-acre cattle farm in Skime, Minn. (yes, seriously) owned by Arctic Cat legend Roger Skime and his wife Bernice.

It was a day of watching Roger be Roger. It was perfect.

Click to see a few pix from the day.

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Hello 2017!

(1/2/2017)

Snowmobiling on Jan. 1, 2017 along Minnesota's North Shore State Trail.

Oh man, 2017 started out better than I could imagine, with a 140 mile snowmobile ride on Minnesota's North Shore State Trail with friends.

Either this is going to be the best year ever, or it's all downhill from here?

Regardless, winter is alive and well in Minnesota's arrowhead region. Click to see for yourself.

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TGIF: The Dec. 30, 2016

(12/30/2016)

TGIF and this snowmobile is about to hit hyper-wad.

I'm thankful for the outstanding riding experiences of the past year.

I'm thankful we've made it through the detours, trail closures and rough patches.

I'm thankful we can still hang onto the handlebars while going WFO into the new year.

And I'm thankful it's the last Friday of 2016.

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NOHRSC Snow Depth Report for Dec. 27, 2016

(12/27/2016)

US Snow Depth on Dec. 27, 2016

Rideable snow within a trailerable distance for most of us. Pretty good for this time of year.

Click HERE for the NOAA site to get every kind of snow depth info you might need.

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May You and Yours Have a Genuinely Meaningful Christmas

(12/24/2016)

Christmas greetings from Santa and Arctic Cat

Wishing you a genuinely meaningful and peaceful Christmas.

God bless.

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Rolling with the Big Dogs

(12/23/2016)

Snowmobiling with the Big Dogs in SE Minnesota.

This past Tuesday our gang of regulars made VERY last minute plans for a day's ride in southeast Minnesota, where snow depth reports suggested there was just enough white stuff for decent riding.

112 miles, one buried 850 and two disgusting roller-dogs later, I'm here to confirm the reports were correct.

Click to see the evidence.

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First Tracks of the Season

(12/13/2016)

First snowmobile tracks of the season.

Glorious fresh-fallen snow, sunshine, brand new snowmobiles...

...plus chisel-plowed fields, fear and white-painted bowling balls littering the ditches.

What's not to love about setting the first tracks of the season?

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Down & Dirty: The 2016-17 Duluth Snocross Report

(11/29/2016)

2016 ISOC Duluth snocross. Photo by ArcticInsider.com

Last weekend marked the 25th Annual Spirit National snocross in Duluth, Minn. And like every preceding year, it brought chaos, uncertainty, excitement, some great racing and, perhaps, a peek at what to expect for the rest of the season.

Click for a photo essay and the observations of a hack who's been to all 25 of these events.

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TGIF: The Nov. 25, 2016 CC Edition

(11/25/2016)

TGIF and I don't dring Canadian Club while snowmobiling

I'm thankful that on this Thanksgiving weekend, family and friends gathered to celebrate.

I'm thankful that those who celebrated with Canadian Club did NOT have to earn it the hard way.

And I'm thankful it's Friday, Nov. 25, 2016.

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About To Go Green: A Q&A with Tucker Hibbert

(11/22/2016)

Tucker Hibbert at Canterbury 2016. Photo by ArcticInsider.com

This Friday, Team Arctic snocross ace Tucker Hibbert will hit the gas on another season as the absolute commander of professional snocross racing, having won more races and championships than anyone in the history of the sport.

It's GO! time with the 68 team, with just days before the green flags drops.

Yet somehow in-between building race sleds, stocking the race semi, testing and gearing up for Duluth, Tucker found time for an interview.

Click to see how things are shaping up for the champ.

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The Winds of November at Arctic Cat

(11/21/2016)

ArcticInsider pix of Arctic Cat in TRF Nov. 2016.

I spent a day at Arctic Cat in TRF last week, where people were fired up about an impending snow storm coming to Minnesota and a winter that was about to begin in earnest.

Engineering...production...test riding...all the good stuff!

Click to see what was going on Arctic Cat.

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TGIF: The November 14, 2016 Edition

(11/18/2016)

TGIF, snowmobiling and skiing really do go together.

I'm thankful for joy I feel on a color-coordinated ride over hill and dale.

I'm thankful for the wind-cheating qualities of 100-percent polyester.

I'm thankful the skis only appear to be stuck where the sun doesn't shine.

And I'm thankful it's Nov. 14, 2016.

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Flashback: 1966 Rhinelander Hodag Cross-Country

(11/15/2016)

1966 Rhinelander Hodag snowmobile Marathon.

In the early 1960s, the premier snowmobile race in North America was the Rhinelander (Wis.) Hodag Marathon.

A cross-country race, the Hodag ran through the Wisconsin Northwoods, including going down main streets in towns like Eagle River, Three Lakes and others.

It helped set the stage for the first derby on Dollar Lake near Eagle River in 1964, which would become the Eagle River World's Championship.

Click for some great pix from the 1966 edition of the Hodag, and check out the sweet Model 100 and 140 Arctic Cats!

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Happy Birthday C.J. (and, as always, thanks for your amazing writing)!

(11/14/2016)

C.J. Ramstad

Today (Nov. 14) would have been C.J. Ramstad's 71st birthday had he not died in a tragic automobile crash with his son, J.J., in May 2007.

C.J. was an outstanding writer because of his ability to capture the essence of whatever he was writing about.

His column (click for it) from the Jan./Feb. 1982 issue of Snowmobile Magazine is a prime example, in which he describes a tribute to Edgar Hetteen, the so-called Grandfather of Snowmobiling.

It's an especially timely column because of the recent passing of David Johnson, Edgar's brother-in-law, who plays and important role in the story.

Happy Birthday C.J.

And thanks for all you gave the sport of snowmobiling.

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Soon

(11/9/2016)

First ride of 2015-2916 with Tom and Paul. Great times.

Seeing this makes me feel good.

Soon...winter will be here.

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TGIF: The Early (and Late) Season Riding Edition

(11/4/2016)

TGIF, snowmobiling and riding with the chumps

I'm thankful for the great, extended season of snowmobiling that saw us eke out one final ride on July 4, 2016.

I'm thankful for the incredibly short off-season that snowmobilers must suffer through while #waitingforwinter.

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The Halloween Blizzard of 1991

(10/31/2016)

Halloween Blizzard of 1991.

On this day WAY back in 1991, a low-pressure system carried precipitation from the Gulf of Mexico straight up the midsection of the country, where it collided with a massive, cold high pressure system from the north.

Three days later, upwards of 30-40 inches of snow had blanketed a large swath of Minnesota and Wisconsin.

Dubbed the Halloween Blizzard (10 inches of snow fell that night), it was a watershed weather event that paralyzed cities and certainly caused a lot of hardship for some, yet gave snowmobilers the greatest candy of any Halloween ever.

Friends and I snowmobiled all over the Twin Cities (on major roads, highways and even freeways) for two days until the plows finally got on top of the situation. I know of people who did laps around the Metrodome in Minneapolis. It was incredible.

Click for some swiped photos of that storm.

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